ENG-LIGHTENED CSU Department of English — Fall 2023 Newsletter


  • Welcome New Faculty & Staff
  • Rams in Oxford Highlights
  • Upcoming Events
  • Alumni Features
  • CSU English in the News
  • Thematic Year of Democracy & Civic Engagement

Welcome to our new faculty & staff!

Please join us in welcoming our newest faculty and staff members to the Department of English!


  • Jenny Albright
  • John Kneisley
  • Miriam Macrae
  • Bryce O'Tierney
  • Elizabeth Pedrotti
  • Mika Todd
  • Vauhini Vara


  • Sarah Jean, Composition Program Assistant


Congratulations to the following faculty members who were recently promoted!

Zach Hutchins has been promoted to Full Professor

Erika Szymanski has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor

Philip Tsang has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor

Lynn Badia has been tenured and promoted to Associate Professor

Lindsay Brookshier has been promoted to Senior Instructor

Ashley Davies has been promoted to Master Instructor

Genesea Carter has been promoted to Associate Teaching Professor

Rams in Oxford Highlights

Each summer, CSU English majors and minors, as well as students in the University Honors Program, get to call themselves by another name: Oxonians.

Taking place in Oxford, England, this faculty-led program allows students to take an individualized course with Oxford University affiliated faculty for one-on-one tutorials in their field of interest. Additionally, students encounter Shakespeare off of the written page by attending several performances—including one at the reconstructed Globe Theater.

This year, Professor of English Dr. Aparna Gollapudi led students in the five-week program and crafted a special assignment for them: An experiential blog post documenting a specific experience, observation, or cultural insight made during the program.

These blog posts spanned first impressions, small joys and big adventures, as well as personal reflections at the conclusion of the program.

Upcoming Events

Insights: A Liberal Arts Speaker Series

Thursday, Sept. 28 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in LSC 390: Come hear four award-winning CLA faculty talk about everything from Korean media to the power of community.

Join us for brief, exciting presentations, followed by a Q&A to generate discussion and stimulate ideas that highlight the value of the liberal arts. Students, faculty, alumni and members of the community are welcome to attend this free event. Refreshments provided, and no RSVP required!

During her talk entitled "How to Trespass," Professor of English Sasha Steensen will discuss her ongoing project, "Overland: A Poetic History of Three Acres and all that Surrounds," which explores the history of the land that now houses CSU's foothills campus.⁠

Middle Creek Poetry Festival

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1: Prepare to be immersed in the vibrant world of words and nature as Middle Creek Publishing brings together nearly a dozen Colorado-based poets, eco-poets, writers, and literary arts activists.

The Creative Writing Reading Series

The Creative Writing Reading Series has put together another amazing lineup of visiting writers this year—including Franny Choi, Kaveh Akbar, Kazim Ali, and more! Join us for the next event on Friday, October 6 at the LSC University Ballroom at 7:30 p.m.


Join us at Wolverine Farm Publick House on Saturday, October 7 from 4-6 p.m. for an afternoon of readings, exhibitions, and community conversations highlighting the world-class art and artists of Northern Colorado. SEE THROUGH, now in its third year, is curated by Andrew Altschul and Sanam Emami, and features work by Aitor Lajarin-Encina, Nina McConigley, Erika Osborne, and Sasha Steensen.

Fall 2023 Possibilities Fair

The Fall 2023 English Studies Possibilities Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 18 in the Lory Student Center from 3-5 p.m. The Possibilities Fair is an annual, free event to help English majors and minors (and those curious about studying English) connect with peers and engage the resources available to English students at CSU.

Alumni Features

Where Technology and Education Meet: Bud Hunt (B.A., ’01; M.A., ’11)

The first time Bud Hunt earned a degree from CSU, he was planning a career as an English teacher. The second time he earned a degree, he had been creating smarter classrooms and students for a decade and was on his way to becoming a CIO.

CLA Alumni Spotlight: Q&A with Andrew Eggleston (B.A., ’15)

Andrew Eggleston’s undergraduate experience in the Department of English has played an important role in strengthening his passion for both learning about and teaching English.

Thematic Year of Democracy & Civic Engagement

The Thematic Year is a central university initiative that serves to highlight the incredible research, programs, academic initiatives, students, faculty and staff who are accomplishing extraordinary things at CSU. Having a rotating annual theme provides the opportunity for the university to focus on major world initiatives that cross through and between all departments and colleges which, in turn, assists in stimulating additional multidisciplinary work at Colorado State.

In the Department of English, we are embracing the Thematic Year in the classroom, among our community, and in our research and creative artistry. Below you'll find a sampling of the connections our faculty, students, and staff are making to impact and elevate this year's theme.

P.S. Have a connection we should amplify? Fill out the form at the webpage below, so we can share your work!